SallyHampson

100% Pure British Wool Blankets Shawls Scarves

London, England | 54 Sales

SallyHampson

100% Pure British Wool Blankets Shawls Scarves

London, England 54 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (18)

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Announcement    I have located some beautifully soft, cream Alpaca which I am going to weave some baby blankets with, getting started this week. Looking forward to showing you the results.

I have recently started to felt some of my shawls which are now in my shop. I am excited to share them with you. I weave them in Jacob wool then wash them so they just start felting just enough so you can still see the structure of the weave which is a 2/2 twill weave a very traditional weave which is used for Harris tweed. The Jacob wool I weave with has a soft open twist, keeping all its character after being washed, the fringes slightly start to matt together almost taking it back to being a fleece and showing it's nature.

I continue to source 100% Pure British wool, something I am passionate about and want to share this with you. The yarns I use are spun from Shetland, Welsh Black Mountain, Jacob sheep and I am just starting to experiment with some Alpaca which I will hand dye, I will have a limited edition of individual neck warmers in my shop soon, I am looking forward to getting started and sharing these with you

The story of The Connemara blanket or the Family blanket as I now call it, was a blanket my parents bought over from Ireland when they came to settle in London, it was the only thing they bought with them. So the blanket became a very precious object, almost like another family member, it came everywhere with us, picnics, holidays and we were wrapped up in it when we were cold or tired. I was obviously the one to inherit it out of my six brothers and sisters, there was no debating that one, being the weaver in the family. So then eventually I decide I had to replicate it, counting the threads of the faded check, but just changing the colours slightly to soften them. Reading the label I could just make out the name of the mill, it is not there now, but it really is like the surrounding landscape along the Connemara shore line, with pools of water and light against the peaty, heathery earth.
I am delighted by the result and can now share the Connemara blanket and it can become another families heirloom.

Thank you again for all your support since the start of my Etsy shop.

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Last updated on 03 Jun, 2019

I have located some beautifully soft, cream Alpaca which I am going to weave some baby blankets with, getting started this week. Looking forward to showing you the results.

I have recently started to felt some of my shawls which are now in my shop. I am excited to share them with you. I weave them in Jacob wool then wash them so they just start felting just enough so you can still see the structure of the weave which is a 2/2 twill weave a very traditional weave which is used for Harris tweed. The Jacob wool I weave with has a soft open twist, keeping all its character after being washed, the fringes slightly start to matt together almost taking it back to being a fleece and showing it's nature.

I continue to source 100% Pure British wool, something I am passionate about and want to share this with you. The yarns I use are spun from Shetland, Welsh Black Mountain, Jacob sheep and I am just starting to experiment with some Alpaca which I will hand dye, I will have a limited edition of individual neck warmers in my shop soon, I am looking forward to getting started and sharing these with you

The story of The Connemara blanket or the Family blanket as I now call it, was a blanket my parents bought over from Ireland when they came to settle in London, it was the only thing they bought with them. So the blanket became a very precious object, almost like another family member, it came everywhere with us, picnics, holidays and we were wrapped up in it when we were cold or tired. I was obviously the one to inherit it out of my six brothers and sisters, there was no debating that one, being the weaver in the family. So then eventually I decide I had to replicate it, counting the threads of the faded check, but just changing the colours slightly to soften them. Reading the label I could just make out the name of the mill, it is not there now, but it really is like the surrounding landscape along the Connemara shore line, with pools of water and light against the peaty, heathery earth.
I am delighted by the result and can now share the Connemara blanket and it can become another families heirloom.

Thank you again for all your support since the start of my Etsy shop.

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Sally Hampson

I trained as a weaver and since then have continued to be passionate about using British wool for my woven collections of blankets, shawls and scarves and through my weaving I want to take you with me into the heart of the British landscape.

I want to transform my journeys to the wild landscape of The Outer Hebrides and The Shetland Isles into unique woven textile pieces. Using wool from indigenous sheep, I create pieces that represent the land, materials and weaving of this every changing landscape.

My wool blanket collections are all limited editions, so a very small collection in one colour and usually a stripe and a check. I use British wool from local sheep which is spun here in the British Isles. The colours I want to evocative my surrounding landscape and I weave using mostly twills, this combination brings a continuation of tradition to the blanket collection.

For my shawls and scarves I mostly weave in natural un-dyed wool from Jacob and Welsh black mountain sheep, in wonderful tones of silver grey, peat brown and creamy ecru.Using these soft shade mostly weave in a traditional twill. I collaboration with weavers, for larger editions, such as the Moore's a father and a son who use tradition looms with wooden shuttles.

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    Welton, East Yorkshire, England

    Francis and his son Peter are weavers, when I want to weave more than one piece of the same shawl or scarf after I sample on my on looms, sometimes ask them to collaborate with me. They use traditional looms with wooded shuttles.

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